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360 Door Stop

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My red ringed Xbox 360 Elite has been nothing more than a door stop for the last two years. It's a just punishment for not buying a ps3.

British TV Action Series

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If you are an action junkie and a addict for great acting then you must love British TV (Well some shows anyway). There is something about British actors and their system of writing that must be ingrined from the great William Shakespeare. That being said I strongly recommend Chris Ryan's Strike Back which was aired on Sky 1 HD in 2010.

http://sky1.sky.com/strike-back

Monty

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Monty by Jim Med*ick is my all time must read daily web comic. I have been reading it for years and have always used it to jump start my mornings.

That being said, Monty was funny today.

Sorry I could not write Jims last name because it was automatically censored. How stupid is that? Anyway *=d

End of the Decade

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We have come to the end of another year and the end of the first decade of this century. In my three plus decades as a gamer I have to admit that the last decade was the most enjoyable. There were so many great titles that I fought to make time to get play them all. My favorite series (new and continued within this decade) includes Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Hitman, Mercenaries, Saints Row, Elder Scrolls, Rainbow Six, Gothic, Divinity, Kane and Lynch, Mafia, Godfather, the Mercenary, True Crime, Fallout (Bethesda Softworks), Battlefield Bad Company, Max Payne, Two Worlds, Fable and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. Single titles were a plenty and I would not even try to mention a few.

Anyway, I want to wish all of my fellow gamers a happy and prosperous new year. Keep on gaming into the next decade.

Games for October

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October is looking like a great month for pc games. I going to get these.

Arcania: Gothic 4

Fable III

Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Medal of Honor

Fallout: New Vegas

Sharpe Series

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Sharpe was British action\adventure\drama TV series starring Sean Bean as Bernard Cornwell's hero Richard Sharpe. It was first aired back in the 90s and is one of the greatest shows ever made.To this day nothing comes close to it on either side of the Atlantic. British actors are the best. The showwas about the adventures of a British soldier and his rise from to ranks to command the Chosen Men who a unit of marksmen during the Napoleonic Wars. It kicked off with Sharpe's Rifles and ended with Sharpe'sPeril which was aired in 2008.

One of the more popular songs in the series was written by the Great John Tams who also starred in the series as one of the Chosen Men. Here's to Sharpe and his lads, I hope that they make a third person squad based shooter along the lines of Mass Effect about the series.

OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY

By John Tams

Here's forty shillings on the drum
For those who'll volunteer to come
To 'list and fight the foe today
Over the Hills and Far Away

CHORUS: O'er the Hills and o'er the main,
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey,
Over the Hills and far Away

When duty calls me, I must go,
To stand and face another foe
But part of me will always stray,
Over the Hills and Far Away

If I should fall to rise no more,
As many comrades did before
Then ask the fifes and drums to play,
Over the hills and far away

Then fall in lads behind the drum,
With colours blazing like the sun
Along the road to come what may,
Over the hills and far away.

Medal of Honor AIRBORNE

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What can I say about Medal of Honor (or Honour as we spell it) Airborne? The missions were fun to play and I liked the innovative method that developers used to give the player the feel of leveling up with each weapon in the game. This was a sort of in-game weapons training under combat conditions. I thought it was cute and a step in the right direction.

However the game in general was too short. It was the shortestbuild of the entire series. I suppose that is keeping with market trends where game play is roughly 13 to 15 hours but, I still believe that for first person war based shooters nothing beats an average game play time of 30 hours just like the good old days.

There has not been a medal of honor release in a while, I wonder if we have seen an end to the series. Has Call of Duty cornered the market? I think that it is time for Electronic Arts to give us Medal of Honor: Baghdad Liberation. There must be tons of stories that could be incorporated into the mix and it would be great to add a modern touch to the series.

Sparrow of Fable 2

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Er...hello...my name is Sparrow, Some man in a big hat with a strange disturbing smile, wearing an expensive jacket told me that I should write this. He told me to say that it contained SPOILERS or something to spoil meat. I have been wearing the same clothes since I started adventuring a few hours ago. I like to kill things, but I am still a good person on the inside. I never steal things, since that is a bad thing to do. I want to be a hero. I think the best way to become a hero is to kill many things and collect the little pretty balls that they drop.

When I do this I can use them to build myself up and become more dangerous to the bad things who get in my way. This way I can kill even more bad things and get even more pretty little balls. I have a steel one shot flintlock rifle which I use to kill things from a far distance and from up close, but mostly from a far distance. I have trained myself to target the bad things with a big red X so that I can kill them.

I use my big steel broad sword to kill bad things up close and personal. I have trained myself to block, move very fast and hit very hard with my steel sword. I never stay in one place when I fight and move about very quickly hitting the bad things until they fall down and cannot get back up. It is at this time that they always give me the little balls that I spoke about.

I am not as stuuppid as sum people may think just because I dance around for them trying to make them like me so that I can buy things at a discount. I no how to use magic. I use a shock spell to stun the bad things then I kill them with my sword or shoot them with my gun. I have used the little balls to upgrade my shock spell and now I can stun the bad things even longer and kill even more of them with my sword.

I like women sometimes. I had to married one of them to get inside of a gate with a face where I got a free house that was very pretty and a big pretty hammer. I don't who what happened but, she killed herself after we got on the other side of the gate because she did not want me to waste time supporting her. She killed herself but taking the safety off my brain and then running into my new hammer. It was a very sad time for me. Not because she had killed herself by running into my hammer, but because a little floating bed thing came out of my head.

I have worked as a blacksmith and they say that I am very good at it. I am so good that people say that I am nearly a master blacksmith. I also chop wood, but this is not as much fun as hitting hot metal with a hammer. I like to work. When I work I get money which I can use to buy things. I used some of the money that I have made working to buy my sword and gun that I use to kill the bad things to get the little balls that I use to upgrade my skills and abilities and stuff.

I have also used the money that I got from working to invest in businesses and buy one cottage in a nice clean farming community. I have found that this is a good way to make little sums of money every few minutes.

Well, that's all so far. I hope that the man with the crooked smile and the big hat is happy. I always seem to have to do whatever he wants me to do. It is like he is in total control of me and directs every aspect of my existence. At least I get to kill bad things, collect pretty balls, get more dangerous, get money, go adventuring, be loved, find pretty things and kill more bad things.

Sparrow

Division of Labor or Specialization

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Wikipedia describes the term Division of Labor or Specialization as, "The specialization of cooperative labor in specific, circumscribed tasks and roles, intended to increase the productivity of labor. Historically the growth of a more and more complex division of labor is closely associated with the growth of total output and trade, the rise of capitalism, and of the complexity of industrialization processes. Later, the division of labour reached the level of a scientifically-based management practice with the time and motion studies associated with Taylorism. Basically, it's a working society that does many different jobs. Example: A few people do farming, a few people do pottery, and a few people are blacksmiths. The society works together to make the city wealthier."

Why am I ranting about such rubbish that has nothing to do with gaming? Because it has everything to do with gaming. Over the last few years there has been a continuous debate among my fellow gamers about their preferred gaming platform. These arguments have been backed up with the usual pros and cons from all of the parties involved. There are those who prefer the Xbox 360 over the PS3 and others who prefer consoles over the pc as their ultimate gaming device.

Console games are more expensive, but one does not have to upgrade the hardware on their box to run the latest games. However, pc games are generally cheaper but in order to run the latest games efficiently then one is expected to have a top of the line system with all of the perks. The long and short of the matter is it all boils down to dollars. In my country, a top of the line gaming pc comes to around US $2000.00 and a PS3 or Xbox 360 comes to less than US $1000.00. You can do the math there. Games on the other hand cost users three to four times what they cost in the USA.

It is for this reason as well as my personal preferences that my game purchases are mixed, between the xbox 360 and my pc. I have dozens of pc games that I have collected over the last 10 years , but only a hand full of xbox 360 games (two in hand and three more on the way). My rule is simple, any game that requires higher specifications than my pc are able to provide is a candidate for my xbox360. Then there is the fact that I prefer to play first person shooters on my pc since I find it generally more satisfying to point aim and shoot using a mouse than the sticks on my controller.

So for the Medal of Honor series and Legendary that is the only way to go. For sandbox questing adventure games like the Elder Scrolls series nothing beats the pc, since key assignments are just a key tap away. Third person driving based games are the catch 22, I generally preferred to play these on my pc but it depends on if my machine can run it. However I have found that games live GTA IV and Wheelman seem to move almost effortlessly on my xbox360 and this has forced me to reconsider my preference.

That's all I have to say about that.

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